China’s last administrative village to get highway access receives its first online order
Abuluoha – China’s last administrative village to get road access – has received its first online order, courtesy of JD Logistics.
JD.com is the first enterprise to offer delivery-to-door service in the village.
In a blog story posted on its website today (11 August), JD said that the order – which was delivered last Wednesday (5 August) – ‘symbolizes the fact that the deeply isolated village is finally connected with the outside world via e-commerce’.
Abuluoha is located in Butuo county in Liangshan Yi autonomous prefecture, Sichuan province, in Southwest China. The village is entirely isolated, surrounded by mountains on three sides and cliffs on the other.
At the end of June this year, the mountainous village was finally linked through a 3.8-km-long highway which has three tunnels and a steel bridge.
Qieshacier, the villager who made the order, bought a Hisense TV priced over RMB 1,000 yuan (US$143+).
According to the report on the JD website: “Yang Nige and Jia Li were the couriers from JD responsible for the delivery. It took them over four hours to arrive at the village from the nearest JD Home Appliance Store over 100 km away. The mountain road was difficult to navigate and some sections were still being reinforced. Yang also helped Qieshacier install the TV and taught him how to use it.”
The first order to Abuluoha is supported by the comprehensive logistics infrastructure built by JD Logistics. Earlier this year, the company announced to upgrade its lower-tier markets program to provide 24-hour delivery service in over a thousand counties and ten thousands of townships in China. The service already covers 90% of administrative counties and townships.